1984-85 Pembroke Seminar

Production, Reproduction and Constructions of Sexual Difference
Joan Wallach Scott, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor and Professor of History

How are social organizations of production and reproduction are related to the categories of masculine and feminine?  What productive roles are available to women and how do those roles both reflect and define cultural positions of the female?  How are the categories of production and biological reproduction articulated in a given cultural system?  What forms of social and cultural reproductions are performed by women?  By asking such questions, what insights can we gain into theories of sexual divisions of labors?  What can be learned in all cases by cross-cultural comparisons?